The rising sign, or ascendant, is the Zodiac sign that was rising eastern of the horizon when a person was born. The ascendant is known as the mask one wears when meeting new people. It takes in both appearance and personality, which is why some may identify with their ascendant more than they do with their sun sign. The rising sign represents the first personality traits people exhibit naturally or in uncomfortable situations.
If you are unsure of what your ascendant is, calculate your birth chart to determine your rising sign. Time of birth is required.
People with this rising sign come off as gentle creatures. They're familiar - the girl or guy next door. They don't make huge, daunting entrances. Instead, they weave their way into new locations. This ascendant is sensitive to their environment, so they may get flustered easily in public.
In tune with the Crab, these people are inclined to protect themselves when feeling threatened or in uncomfortable situations. When new circumstances present themselves, they may withdraw or act shy. Overall, they come off as very caring people. They seem very sweet, maybe even innocent. Usually they are quite approachable because they appear unassuming. Some Cancer Ascendants, however, are the opposite.
Capricorn is on the Descendant with this sign, so Cancer Ascendants typically look for structure and security in their relationships. They function best when their partner shows strength, stability, and knowledge. Security is their base need and they are willing to sacrafice personal freedom in order to achieve it. Cancer Risings may surprise their partners because they first come across as unassuming, family-ortiented people. In terms of marriage, they have a practical, matter-of-fact approach.
It is important to note that the Cancer Ascendant is modified by the position of the Moon in a person's chart. Calculate your personal birth chart to learn more.